Visitor Center Open / Road Construction
The Ben Reifel Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. The front parking lot is under construction. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. Expect 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road.
Badlands Heritage Celebration
Contact: Julie Johndreau, 605-433-5242
Badlands National Park's Division of Resource Education will hold the 3nd Annual Heritage Celebration on Saturday, July 23, 2011, from 9:00am to approximately 11:00pm. Activities will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee.
Traditional Lakota music and dance performances will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants include: Wilbur Between Lodges as the Master of Ceremonies; Dallas & Delacina Chief Eagle will be hoop dancing; Michael He Crow will demonstrate flint knapping and the use of an atlatl; Mike Marshall will talk about traditional Lakota games; Jeanne Bedell will explain cradleboards; Keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Howe will give a talk entitled "Picturing the Past: Lakota History and Winter Counts" at 7:00 p.m. The Badlands Evening Program on "Lakota Star Knowledge and Sacred Sites" will be presented by Park Ranger Ellen Conroy at 9:00 p.m., followed by opportunities for visitors to experience the Badlands night sky using park telescopes and binoculars.
A Bison Box program, exploring the traditional uses of the bison, will be presented at the tipi camp located next to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Native American artists will demonstrate and share their traditions throughout the day. Art and craft items will also be available for purchase.
This event is made possible through funding from Badlands Natural History Association, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and the National Park Service.
Badlands National Park is located 9 miles south of exit 131, Interstate 90. If you have any questions about the Badlands Heritage Celebration, and/or would like more information about the park, please call 605-433-5361, or visit www.nps.gov/badl
Did You Know?
Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison, and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed grass prairie, are again thriving in their native habitat.